Data centre provider Volta has announced that it has turned on the power at its Great Sutton Street data centre and is just weeks away from finalising the fit-out and refurbishment of the former Reuters building.

Most data centres are fed by 11KV substations, whereas Volta has 33KV feeds from the two main substations that supply central London. These can be transformed down to 11KV within the building, and then transformed down again for distribution throughout the building.

“To put this into perspective, the Shard with its 1.2m sq ft is powered by 9MW, while our 91,000 sq ft data centre is powered by 9.6 MW. More than this, the building is supplied from two separate substations, from two separate parts of the national grid,” said commercial director Julian King.

“Quite simply the only way in which Volta could ever lose power would be in the unlikely event of the whole of London losing power.”

The new Volta data centre will aim to cater to the ultra-low latency needs of businesses in the City and around “Silicon Roundabout”. The facility is situated on a secure island site and will offer 8,500m² of floor space over six stories.

The basement and ground floor will predominantly be used for electrical distribution, four floors above that are all data hall, and the chiller plant is housed on the roof.

The space has been designed to be very flexible and offers a variety of options, ranging from single to multiple racks of 4KW upwards, half racks, to private caged areas offering 50KW upwards. The building has also been fitted with a new, state of the art in-rack cooling system.

The building is serviced by a number of telecommunication providers including Colt, Verizon, C&W, BT, AboveNet, EU networks and Geo Networks, allowing potential customers immediate connectivity.

“With all current carriers bringing their own fibre into our building, we are at the heart of all the high speed networks which provide connectivity to trading venues, such as LD4, Basildon or the LSE”, King added.

Volta believes that the central London area it will be operating in is currently under-supplied with low-latency services. Apart from Interxion, which has a small data centre facility in Brick Lane, most of the major providers are either out in Docklands or west of London, and there is very limited opportunity to create new data centres.

King expects that its customers will be organisations that have a particular need for latency-sensitive services in the financial, media and content industries.